Chicago Cubs Rumors: Grading reader submitted trade ideas

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Trevor Rogers
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The Cubs have a need for an upgrade to their starting rotation this off-season. At the very least, the Cubs need to add at least one starting pitcher before Spring Training starts in February but the team should definitely be of the mindset of acquiring multiple starting pitchers this offseason as a way to bolster their starting rotation.

At the age of 25 and under team control until 2027, Miami Marlins starting pitcher Trevor Rogers would be an intriguing name for the Cubs this offseason. After making seven appearances for the Marlins during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Rogers emerged onto the scene in full capacity in 2021. Rogers posted a 2.64 ERA (2.55 FIP) with the Marlins in 2021 in 133 innings pitched. Rogers struggled in his second full season at the Major League level in 2022 as he posted a 5.47 ERA in 107 innings pitched.

Before making the trade, the Cubs would need to ensure that Rogers' 2021 success can be repeated. If so, then giving up outfielder Owen Caissie (MLB Pipeline rankings for Cubs' organization: 10) and RHP Ryan Jensen (No. 28) would be a worthwhile gamble for the Cubs. Losing Caissie would be difficult would the Cubs are littered with outfield prospects.

Grade: B- -- Rogers' success was limited to only one season and the Cubs may want something more certain if forced to part with Caissie.